Someone shot into windows at a Muslim house of prayer early Tuesday morning in Fayetteville, and deputies are trying to determine if it’s a hate crime.
They are also trying to find out who did it.
At 2:08 a.m., deputies responded to the H.H. Prince Aga Khan Shia Ismaili Jamatkhana at 122 Flat Creek Trail after the alarm was triggered, according to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office.
When the deputies arrived, they saw that four of the building's windows had been damaged by bullets, the sheriff’s spokesman Detective Joshua Shelton said.
Detectives believe the force of the bullets flying into the building triggered the alarm.
No one was inside at the time of the shooting and there were no signs of forced entry.
“I can’t determine the motive, but we will treat it as being as serious as that [of a hate crime],” Sheriff Barry Babb told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The privately held house of prayer, which the sheriff said is not a mosque, has been at the location for five years. Information on the owners was not immediately available.
“This is the first incident we’ve ever had there,” Sheriff Babb said. He also said there were no other reports of similar gunshot damage to other area buildings.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office at (770) 461-6353.
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